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Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia is new small growing flowering shrub

August 17th, 2014

The?Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia?is the first Nikko type Deutzia with pink flowers. This?small growing flowering shrub?can also be used as a deciduous ground cover. Plant your?Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia?where it can easily be appreciated. In fall you will certainly want to witness the colorful foliage yuki cherry blossom deutzia blossomas it changes from dark green to?amazing purple burgundy shades.

This plant is?deer resistant, so if deer are causing you headaches, plant these Deutzia shrubs and send the deer on their way. This small growing Deutzia is perfect for?small yards?or where space is limited.

An?easy to grow plant, the?Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia?blooms on old wood so only prune for shaping immediately after spring flowering. Fertilize with a timed release general fertilizer in spring after the plant has leafed out.

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Fragrant Flowering Shrub | Calycanthus Aphrodite Sweetshrub

August 17th, 2014

Calycanthus Aphrodite Sweetshrub?will quickly become your favorite?flowering shrubs. From mid summer to fall, the?Calycanthus Aphrodite?will adorn your garden with large?red magnolia like flowers. Living up to its name of?sweetshrub, this?deer resistant shrub?will fill the air with sweet?apple scented fragrance.

The?Calycanthus Aphrodite Sweetshrub?blooms on old wood, so be sure to?prune only for shaping (if needed)?after?flowering. The glossy medium green Calycanthus Aphrodite Sweetshrub 2aleaves make a nice backdrop for the gorgeous red flowers that bloom from mid summer on to fall. Space your new?Calycanthus sweetshrub Aphrodite?shrubs 6 to 7 feet apart.

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The OSO Easy Double Red Shrub Roses Now Available

June 30th, 2014

OSO Easy Double Red Shrub Roses?grows in full sun planted in moist, well drained soil. Thesmaller growing shrub rose?matures in the 36 to 48 inch height and width range. Space approximately 3 feet apart for a magnificent?continual blooming low hedge.

Oso Easy??Double Red?Rosa?‘Meipeporia’?PPAF

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Ground Cover Basics for Erosion Control, Beautification, and Elegant Focal Points

June 30th, 2014

A lot of attention is paid to beds, borders, foundations, and focal points when it comes to home and commercial gardening, but just about any landscape might benefit from well-placed ground cover plants.? A wide variety of ground cover plants are available, but a few choices deliver vivid greens, alluring colors, and hard-to-match benefits to gardens with special needs.? Among the ground covers that benefit just about every garden are:





*?Virginia Creeper

*?Purple Wintercreeper



The most easily recognized benefit of ground covers is their quick delivery for healthy growth in areas that often are inhospitable to other plant varieties.? Attractive, resilient, and hardy,ground covers?put out runners for growth above and below the surface.? Crawling along the ground on vines, these persevering growers put out tiny root systems to ensure optimum health even in rough conditions.

Because of their root-to-runner grow style, ground cover plants make excellent heirloom pass alongs.? Most will make themselves at home in a pot of dirt with a little drink of water every day.? Just pinch a healthy offshoot, pot in healthy soil, water gently, and grow a gift for a friend.


Five Benefits Ground Cover Plants Offer

Other benefits of ground cover plants are not always so easily recognized, but gardeners in need are quick to point out that ground covers are excellent for:

*erosion control

*beautification of bare spots

*shady spots beneath shrubs and other sun blockers

*filling gaps between stepping stones

*creating elegant focal points throughout rock gardens


Where run off inhibits other types of plantings or streams and creeks eat away at banks, ground covers are helpful resources for soil stabilization.? Despite its delicate appearance, ajuga holds banks and other steep slopes together quite well.? Available in a variety of colors, ajuga adds zing to gardens with showy leaves across a delightful spectrum and stalks of flowers in spring.? Additionally, purple wintercreeper is of great benefit along slopes and banks.? Tolerant of all conditions, except swamp to marsh, purple creeper will grow from 24-60 inches a year once established.? A vining ground cover, purple creeper is known to climb as well as it crawls, creating romantic views along garden walls, streams, and rock banks.

Many conditions contribute to bare spots in otherwise verdant yards.? Lack of sun, poor soil quality, and drought might lead to brown dust spots, but one condition that is quite likely to exist within certain yards is juglone toxicity.? Certain trees such as hackberry and black walnut secret the chemical juglone that is toxic to a broad spectrum of other plants.? Rather than cutting these trees that provide a wide variety of benefits as well, simply consider which plants grow best around them.? Among the ground covers that prove quite tolerant to juglone are:


*?virginia creepers



Quite quick to spread, vincas and ajuga produce attractive foliage and flowers, while virginia creeper presents star-like flowers along sturdy vines, creating habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.

Pachysandra terminalis?is an exceptional and elegant choice for creating a sense of longevity even in newly cultivated gardens.? Growing to heights of 8-12 inches, pachysandra is ideal for filling in areas between hedges and other shrubs where other plantings may not thrive.? Preferring partial shade, pachysandra surprises where sun finds it, too.


Rock and Ground Cover Gardens Combine for Pollinator Safe Havens

Wherever rocks interrupt your garden, either by nature or by design, ground covers may be introduced to stunning effects.? Sedums, ajugas, and thymes are quite forgiving of the sometimes drier conditions of rock walls, and their surprising bursts of lively color are sure to delight visitors to your garden.? In fact, creating a stone/ rock garden where these ground covers thrive makes good sense for the health of your broader Eden as each attracts pollinators.? Ajuga is famed for its attraction success for hummingbirds and butterflies.? Thyme beckons bees. Sedum astounds as nearly a dozen types of butterflies hasten to it.? Your rock garden becomes a pollinator garden before your eyes.

There’s often more to ground cover than meets the eyes so wrap your garden in it with abandon.


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Swamp Milkweed Plants Bring Monarchs to Your Butterfly Garden

June 30th, 2014

One of the truly wonderful aspects of butterfly gardening is that the most effective plants for such are perennials and natives.? Key to attracting and providing for the most butterflies possible is to provide attractive plants that actually play roles in providing for local or migrating butterfly populations.? Choosing native plants that thrive in the specific type of soil and moisture level your garden offers can be tricky, but two plants that are hosts for two specific butterflies are probably excellent choices for some portion of your butterfly garden: swamp milkweed.

Host Monarchs with?Swamp Milkweed Plants

Swamp milkweed plants are the primary host for the monarch, which makes its migration over thousands of miles every year, and also attracts a wide variety of other butterflies.? Proper plants are crucial to the success of this momentous trek, and swamp milkweed, coincidentally, is native to all but seven of the United States of America.? Spreading by rhizomes, swamp milkweed plant produce attractive blooms of white to light pink, grows up to 24 inches high, and produces dense, bushy clusters of both large and multitudinous blooms.? Showy and beautiful, swamp milkweed belongs wherever it will thrive since its survival means greater hope for monarch butterflies who accomplish great things for pollination to support a wide variety of gardens, from flower to food and everything in between.

Partial to sun-to-part shade planting,?swamp milkweed Plants?is true to its name, preferring moist to wet conditions in zones 3-9.? Fragrant, these beautiful natives are easy to grow and extremely resilient.? Many gardeners laud them as being deer resistant.? Although they do attract aphids, their presence in the garden rarely leads to pest infestation as birds, ladybugs, and other predators swoop in to consume the aphids attached to swamp milkweed.

Flowering from June to August, swamp milkweed brings delicate romance to any garden in the potentially brutal heat of summer.? Even gardens that are not particularly moist might benefit from the attractive qualities of swamp milkweed if clay is present in the soil and more frequent watering may be done.

Including these plants in your butterfly garden ensures that these?lovely lepidoptera specimens will find their way to your home: monarch butterflies.? Meanwhile, layering for height, bloom season, and color creates a naturally pleasing aesthetic.


Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus Milkweed

Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus Milkweed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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New OSO Easy Lemon Zest Yellow Rose Now Available at Greenwood Nursery

June 10th, 2014

The New OSO Easy Lemon Zest is the latest release in the OSO Easy Series. The Lemon Zest opens in mid to late spring with bright canary yellow flowers that continue their brilliance until they fall away.

The small growing OSO Easy Lemon Zest rose matures in the 2 to 4 foot height range making it OSO perfect for small gardens or yards with limited space. This amazing shrub rose blooms on new wood. A light pruning in spring or after flowering will keep this dazzling yellow rose continually blooming.

OSO Easy Lemon Zest Rose

Latest in the OSO Easy Rose Series – Lemon Zest Yellow Rose

Cheryl Jones, President of Greenwood Nursery, Inc notes, “The OSO Easy Lemon Zest has become one of our top selling roses from the day we offered it. Just give the re-blooming Lemon Zest a sunny spot and it will put on a flower show from mid summer through the summer. A charmer for small yards, containers and is disease resistant. “

Greenwood Nursery, Inc offers a wide selection of shrub roses for any size garden or landscape as well as many of the OSO Easy Series of roses. A Certified Proven Winners garden center, the staff at Greenwood is available to answer questions about the New OSO Easy Lemon Zest Rose as well as provide assistance in plant selection.

Visit to peruse their online plant catalog, which they ship within the continental United States, and Alaska. This Online Garden Center offers an excellent selection of shrub roses, ground covers, ferns, herbs, grasses, perennials, shrubs and trees.

Jones and her husband started Greenwood Nursery in 1978 as a propagation and wholesale nursery in McMinnville, TN. In 1998, the owners took their plant catalog online and, today continue offering a wide selection of gardening plants to the home gardener along with friendly and valuable customer service.

For further information or to place an order for the OSO Easy Lemon Zest Shrub Rose, please visit Questions can be answered by email or by phone during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm central time.



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Crow Village in Montevallo, Alabama Hopes to Grow Its Own Community Garden

June 10th, 2014

A quick scan of “housing authority community garden success” returns dozens of articles about devoted individuals who have grown community as well as food to sustain citizens in towns and cities nationwide.? Many of these gardens first took root over twenty years ago, some are only in their second season, and others are in the concept stage.? Crucial to the success of each of these gardens, though, is the feeling of investment and ownership the residents’ feel and rightly claim in regards to their tiny farm plots, the big work they do to cultivate them, and the fruits, vegetables, and flowers they produce.


Community Gardeners Make Their Own Way

Most of us are familiar with the maxim “It is better to give than to receive,” and much to recommend sharing the sentiment exists.? But what might also be said is “It is better to earn than be given.”? Community gardeners across the United States of America know this.? Most community gardens thrive on land lent or donated by families, community organizations, and/or corporations.? Many of the garden plants might be donated or discounted by such groups as well.? And only a fool would turn down the offer of free mulch, top soil, or compost.? But when all is said and done, each of us who puts time into growing the food we place on our tables for family meals not only needs to be able to enjoy a moment of pride to say, “I (or we) did this.”


Community Gardens Take Root in Welcoming Neighborhoods

The little town of Montevallo, Alabama is about to learn what it takes to grow a successful community garden in a housing authority neighborhood.? The Crow Village is comprised mainly of families with young children and retired adults.? Situated in a rather idyllic downtown area, this neighborhood benefits from small-town walkability.? Only blocks away, at most, from any of the local public schools, including the University of Montevallo, the states only public liberal arts university, the Crow Village is neatly kept, and the residents have exercised their rights to grow beauty at their front doors for as long as anyone in town might remember.

Time again, when city officials have asked community members what might be done to improve the Crow Village, residents have requested permissions and support for a community garden where they hope to grow their own vegetables, fruits, and herbs.? Mayor Hollie Cost plans to make that happen soon, and once this garden takes root, cultivation of another community garden will begin at a second housing authority site across town.

Mayor Cost understands the necessity of engaging the citizens in all stages of community garden implementation: concept, design, cultivation, maintenance, and harvest.? On this issue, she states, “This isn’t a gift, and citizens have made it clear that they are not interested in having anything given to them.? Rather, this effort represents the sort of support and level of interaction for which Montevallo, Alabama has long been known.? In the end, the entire town will be improved for the various levels of growth occurring in this garden, some of our most committed citizens will have the opportunity to grow their own food in their own backyards, and each of us will be better for the endeavor.”

The grow-your-own concept truly has taken root in Montevallo.? With three community gardens in their fourth years, many members of the wider community have acquired experiences informed by success and trial/error. Hopeful for growth and sustenance in this garden for years to come, Mayor Cost has invited?Central Alabama Permaculture Enthusiasts,?The Blue Heron Edible Forest Garden,?Seed to Table Community Learning Garden, and other gardeners from around town to participate in initial discussions as advisors on best methods and permaculture possibilities.


Staples of Southeastern Community Gardens

Ultimately, the decisions for what to plant will be made through discussion between the housing authority administration and the community members who join the grow effort. Typical community garden plots in the Southeast might include:










Perennial crops should be included as well.? Such yearly producers make excellent pollinator attractors, guarantee annual yields, and beautify neighborhoods.? Some perennials Crow Village citizens might consider are:

blueberry bushes

muscadine vines


blackberry bushes






Each of these promises years of harvest and are available in native and/or pest and blight resistant varieties.? Using native and/or resistant species allows community gardens healthier, organic, chemical-free growth.

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Butterfly Habitat Rain Gardens Are Combinations for Learning and Global Improvement

June 10th, 2014

In the age of social media and keywords turned catch phrase, those of us who garden and those who hope to garden and those who are only mildly garden curious hear/read about a lot of gardens.? There are Zen gardens, tranquility gardens, lasagna gardens, pizza gardens, native habitat gardens, memory gardens, rain gardens, and butterfly gardens, just to name a few.? In any given region and climate, though, there is tremendous possibility for combining the roles of more than one garden. Three of the easiest gardens to combine are butterfly, habitat, and rain gardens.? And making such a combination is easy enough that kids quite often do it by nature as they love to choose bold blooms, bright colors, interesting textures, and plants representing history and culture.

The purpose of each of these gardens might seem obvious enough from the name, but understanding the role each plays in your community, state, even the world provides a context for both children and adults.? Using the opportunity to educate through gardens, every green enthusiast stands to make global improvements.? Let’s call it the Butterfly Garden Effect that every positive motion, even the tiniest swoop of a fluttering wing, contributes to the evolution of a better world for all of us, from the most sentient creatures on the planet to the tiniest contributors.


The Role of Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly gardens contribute three very basic benefits:

*support for local and migrating butterflies

*beautification for communities

*attraction for a broad range of pollinators and other wildlife

Wherever butterflies flutter by, expect to find a wide range of other pollinators, beneficial insects, and birds.? It’s the circle of life, as they say, that makes butterfly gardens so crucial to ecosystems.? Attracted to color, flavor, fragrance, and texture in your garden, butterflies flit from bloom to bloom, pollinating your garden as they do.? Vivid and eye-catching they, in turn, attract a wide variety of prey that belong in your garden, too.? Every garden that attracts butterflies benefits from their careful grooming of blooms and the role they play in attracting others who tend, pollinate, fertilize, and de-bug the garden.


The Role of Habitat Gardens

By nature of the fact that they attract a wide variety of wildlife, butterfly gardens easily double as habitat gardens whenever shrubs and/or trees are incorporated into the design.? Essentially, habitat gardens are homes for various insects and animals.? Habitat gardens provide:






to various creatures, including humans who cultivate them as places of rest and tranquility.


The Role of Rain Gardens

True to name, rain gardens take advantage of storm runoff to irrigate gardens, but there is a lot more going on beneath the surface.? Designed to take advantage of rainwater runoff, rain gardens also:

* direct water to low spots

*slow water to negate the possibility of erosion

*percolate runoff to promote filtering/cleaning of polluted water

*assist in drainage to minimize standing water zones

*guide filtered water to bodies such as streams, creeks, rivers, lakes and ponds, and even seas and oceans

To ensure the success and longevity of such your rain garden, incorporate native and noninvasive plants that are up to the task of handling the microclimate forming there.? Rain gardens present two main extremes in irrigation: deep wet and extreme dry, from time to time.? Native plants that are tolerant of both wet and dry conditions are your best bet.? Choosing plants of various root structures, too, will help the garden to do its best filtration work, too. Among the underground portions that help filter minerals, debris, particulate matter, and pollutants are:

*?shallow, webby roots that filter tiniest particles

*?bulbs, rhizomes, and cormers (combinations) that hinder larger matter passage

*?deep, even tap, roots, that channel runoff to deeper soils and layers


Combining Roles for Your Own Butterfly Habitat Rain Garden

Cultivating a garden that achieves all three purposes is as easy as selecting plants that serve the purpose of each garden style whenever possible.? Native plants that provide blooms for adult butterflies and/or act as hosts for their caterpillar offspring may be blended with shrubs and trees that provide shelter for the other wildlife who will come to admire and consume the butterflies.? In many cases, shrubs and trees may act as nectar suppliers and/or hosts for butterfly populations as well.? Among the native shrubs and trees you might choose for your butterfly habitat rain garden are:

*?spicebush shrubs

*?butterfly bushes


*serviceberry bushes

*redbud trees

Each of these shrub and?trees offers much to any garden as they are fragrant, beautiful, and excellent hosts for a variety of animals and bugs.? Use these as focal points or boundaries to control entry and exit from your garden.

Layering these core contributors with a wide variety of blooming plants and attractive sedges/grasses will create a zone of comfort and peace for insects, animals, and humans alike.? So long as the plants you choose are tolerant of the water sure to come through your garden and the dry conditions that occur once runoff has been directed away, the plant combinations are endless.

Meanwhile, every time children are included in the choices you make for your home or school garden, new ideas percolate to grow for amazing results.

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Create Unique Patterns with Common Flowering Shrubs

June 2nd, 2014

You can create unique patterns with common flowering shrubs!

Your garden sends a message about who you are and what you care about. Have you ever seen those well-manicured hedges at famous locations like Versailles? These send a message of nobility, royalty and attention-to-detail. Do you want to create unique patterns with common flowering shrubs to make a good first impression?

Geometric Shapes Words or Animal Landscaping Designs

Before a neighbor or business client enters your home, he or she will see the designs of your landscaping. What messages are you sending to the neighborhood? Make geometric shapes, words or animal designs in your yard with your children to express family creativity.

Planting a tree for the birth of a child is a special commemoration. Each year, your family could get together and plan the garden pattern for the next year. You could make words, shapes or other unique patterns with flowering shrubs. The possibilities are endless.

Choosing the Right Plants for Your Yard

An online plant nursery offers great affordable garden plants along with tips from other home gardeners. Sharing your experiences can increase your gardening knowledge. Here are some of the factors for selecting the perfect plant:

  • Climate
  • Season
  • Soil
  • Sun
  • Watering
  • Owner preferences

There is a natural progression of simple to complex garden plants. Those who want an “easy-to-maintain” yard might select evergreens, bushes and shrubs. Ground cover is a great way to fill that bald spot. A combination of perennials and annuals is the next step. The ideal is to have gardens blooming through each season.

Flowering All Year Long

While a plant “may look beautiful,” it might not be ideal for your yard environment.?An online plant nursery can show you plants that grow well in different geographical locations. As you read the free newsletter, you can learn about things like pest control.

Professional gardeners might create different patterns for spring, summer and fall that overlap in the same space. For example, if you use flowering shrubs that bloom in the spring, you could make a square shape with them. Then, add some summer-blooming garden plants in a circle within the square.

Find?affordable flowering shrub garden plants?for the home gardener to enliven your yard. Beautiful flowers will attract insects, bees, animals and humans who will all want to enjoy your beautiful garden. The proper landscaping will transfer a boring home and yard into an exciting home and wilderness environment.


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Starting a Backyard Garden with Raised Beds and Pots

May 28th, 2014

You can start a backyard garden with raised beds or pots. Home gardening is the number one hobby in the United States.? Is there anything more satisfying than walking out your back door, picking a juicy red tomato and enjoying that sweet fresh flavor? It is a rare treat and for most of the country it is only something we get to experience in July, August and September, but it sure is worth it.? When you go to the grocery store in the dead of winter and the tomato package says, “Vine Ripened and Tastes like Summer”, don’t you believe it!

There is nothing quite like producing your own fresh food and it is very easy to do.? No matter what size your backyard may be, or even if you just have a patio or deck, you have room for a garden by building raised beds, pots, window boxes, or just about anything that will hold soil.?raised beds in backyard

First, you must decide how much space and time you may want to devote to your new project.? Like most new endeavors, starting small is a good idea, and as you learn from experience you can grow and grow from one season to the next.? If all you have is a patio or deck, you should consider what we call “container gardening”.? This is nothing more than something like a five gallon bucket or maybe a whiskey barrel or maybe a used wheelbarrow.? Even an old bathtub would do the trick!? Just fill them with clean composted soil and you are ready to plant.

If you have a little more space, raised beds are the way to go. These are constructed with organic pressure treated lumber and range in size from four feet wide, one foot deep and to as long as you would like (10 to 12 feet is most common).? It is important to limit the width because you must be able to reach the center of the bed without stepping on the soil.? If you are going to use raised beds, it is a good idea to put pencil to paper and figure out how large an area you are going to work with and how many beds you want to build.

Because your garden is new, this will be your best chance to fill it with clean weed free soil. If you are just doing container gardening, you can purchase bagged soil at any nursery or garden center.? For raised beds, you will need to have soil or loam delivered by a local landscape service or mulch supplier.? You will need approximately 3/4 of a cubic yard for each 4×12 foot bed.? Make sure you specify composted loam for vegetable gardens.? Upon delivery, mix in a small amount of peat moss to lighten up the soil, about 5%. Fill up your containers or beds and you are ready to plant.?Raised bed gardens

Herbs are quite easy to grow and don’t require much space, which makes them? ideal for???? container gardens.? Select whatever varieties you commonly use such as dill, thyme, parsley, chives, sage, oregano, etc. Many herbs are perennials, meaning they will grow back year after year without replanting every season.? Chives are wonderful because a small bed will come back to life early in the spring and require very little? maintenance.? Many herbs that you plant in containers can be overwintered inside and returned to the patio the following spring.

Regarding vegetables, tomatoes are an obvious choice along with cucumbers, lettuce and peppers. These four items alone will provide you with salads all season long.? Green beans are very popular too and with staggered planting, you will be able to harvest them for several weeks in a row.? Onions grow very well throughout the United States and should be planted as “sets”.? These are just immature onions about 4 inches tall that have been commercially grown for transplanting to home gardens early in the spring.

Farmers Markets?will have many varieties of plants to put in your new garden. ?Plant whatever you like, but let’s get going.? Spring is here and it’s time to get dirty! You will find a great selection of herbs and some perennial vegetables such as asparagus and rhubarb at Greenwood Nursery ( Place your order as early as late winter for shipping at the right time for your area.

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